NASA just released a cool animated map showing precipitation--rainfall and snow--from around the entire globe. A year ago, in February, NASA teamed with the Japan Aeropace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and "launched the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory into space."
The mission is delivering "new insights into global rain and snowfall, atmospheric carbon dioxide, ocean winds, clouds, and tiny airborne particles called aerosols." The mission is a large-scale initiative to explore earth and its atmosphere from space. NASA currently has 20 earth-observing missions in space, including "two instruments mounted on the exterior of the International Space Station."
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